Art by José Amado Polanco Martinez

Art by José Amado Polanco Martinez


Keep watching the Website for results (due Mar 2019)

Longlist published.

Previous winners listed here.

The Prize

There are seven prizes which will be awarded by the InkTears judging panel:

  • Winner: £1,000

  • Runner-up: £100

  • 6x Highly Commended: £25

  • EXTRA PRIZE ADDED: $250 awarded to the best entry from a US writer - can be combined with any other prize except for the main Winner Prize

All prize winners will get their:

  • Story published to the InkTears Readership

  • Bio published on InkTears site

The Rules

  1. Submissions must be a short story between 1,000 to 3,500 words in length, written in English. Any theme is acceptable.

  2. Story may have have been previously published in a magazine or online, providing the author still owns the copyright and there is no exclusivity with the prior publication

  3. Alternatively, the story may be as yet unpublished.

  4. Work must be entirely the work of the entrant, and the entrant must own the full publication rights to the story.

  5. Submissions must be accompanied by a bio including full details of any previous publication history of the story submitted.

  6. Submissions can only be accepted online.

  7. Each submission must be accompanied by an entry fee of £7.50, payable as part of the submission process

  8. Multiple submissions are permitted - there are no limits on the number of entries

  9. There is no geographical restriction on entrants, entry is open to all including non-UK based writers.

  10. Entrants must be a minimum of 18 years old.

  11. Winning entrants agree to have their story published by InkTears in both electronic and paper format. Authors will retain worldwide copyright on their work with InkTears having publication rights.

  12. Closing date is 30 November 2018.

  13. Winners will be notified via email by 28 February 2019.

  14. Full results will be posted on this website by 30 March 2019.

  15. Entrants will be judged by the InkTears judging panel. The judges’ decisions are final and no individual correspondence will be entered into.

  16. Entry is confirmation of your acceptance of all rules and conditions.

  17. The prize for the best story by a US Writer is open to all US citizens (with a valid passport or State driving license), whether or not they are currently resident in America.